Girls live in a pornified world

The Age (Australia) July 26, 2010

WOMEN’S and girls’ magazines are full of advice on better sex, from how to catch and hold your man down to detailed instructions on sexual techniques. Now it seems the oldest written recipe, the Bible’s, might be the best. Neuroscientific studies suggest that ”life-long heterosexual monogamy” is most likely to provide both sexual satisfaction and excitement, a Melbourne conference heard at the weekend. While women’s activist Melinda Tankard Reist complained that Dolly magazine, aimed at 10 to 13-year-old girls, provided instructions on oral and anal sex without any context or warnings, Sydney University sexologist Patricia Weerakoon said biblical sexual ethics were healthy and life-affirming.

…Ms Tankard Reist told the conference that despite talk of ”girl power”, girls lived in a pornified world, bombarded with sexual imagery before they were psychologically ready. Parents had to object when they saw T-shirts for pre-teens proclaiming ”It’s not rape if you shout ‘surprise”’ or ”Save a virgin. Do me instead”. ”The standard you walk past is the standard you set,” she said.